Contributions by Vijai Pandian

The Japanese beetle population in Wisconsin typically peaks in mid-summer. This invasive insect is a defoliating species that devours multiple landscape and garden plantsMore
Summer is a great time to explore Wisconsin’s abundant outdoors, but camping, biking or hiking can lead to encounters with poisonous plants that cause skin irritation and injuries when touched.More
Rain is a welcome treat for many plants, but too much can cause plenty of problems in the garden.More
A dog's innocent curiosity and insatiable appetite can lead to trouble, particularly in outdoor settings if they happen to chew or ingest any parts of a plant that can be dangerous.More
There are many steps an individual can take in backyards and around communities that can help revive pollinating insect populations, including conservation and promotion of healthy habitats.More
Traditional gardens require ample space, appropriate sunlight and an ongoing time commitment, but container gardening offers an alternative way to grow fresh fruits and vegetables with more limited resources.More
Energy conservation starts at home. With a few modifications to existing landscape design, an average backyard can become an energy conservation tool.More
When temperatures warm in late winter and early spring, it's a good time to take advantage of these conditions to plan tree pruning.More
Winter may not seem like a great time for landscape activities. However, plenty of chores can keep gardeners engaged throughout winter and lay the groundwork for a successful spring.More
Houseplants add life and beauty to home and work environments. They filter indoor air pollutants, their vivid colors, textures and fragrances serve as a natural stress relievers, and maintaining them over a cold, dark winter can gratify a gardening urge.More